CEO Update

Another great addition to our community.

 Elemental LED, an engineering and technology-based manufacturer of LED lighting solutions, is relocating its U.S. Headquarters, manufacturing and R&D operations to Reno, Nevada. The company expects to be operational this year by the end of the third quarter. Elemental LED plans to hire up to 100 employees over the next two years and has an average wage of more than $40 an hour. Here is the Press release.

A great addition to our educational offerings in the region.

Udacity, a leading online education company, announced a new local program in Reno known as Udacity Connect. They will offer both on-line and in-person courses to teach Reno-Tahoe residents to become full stack web developers — a high-demand job in the region. This program is the first of it’s kind and has launched in the Reno community, with plans to expand other course offerings in Robotics, Machine Learning, and Self Driving Car Engineering. Here is the Press Release.

Continued strong evidence of our success from Kiplinger: 11 Satellite Cities Poised to Thrive in 2017 – Reno ranks 6th! 

Check out these 11 up-and-coming satellite cities where the job markets are hot but the cost of living won’t eat all of your paycheck. All of these cities’ job markets have been growing faster than the national average, most have lower jobless rates than the national average, and all are expected to continue to outperform economically this year. Here is the online article.

Connecting business and education to prepare the workforce in Washoe County

Workforce development is one of the big challenges that northern Nevada employers face in this growing economy. The Sierra Sun recently wrote about the Washoe K-12 Education Foundation luncheon to highlight what the Washoe County School District is doing to prepare students to meet local employers’ workforce needs. The event was designed to connect the business community and education community.  Businesses were also provided ways to get more involved with K-12 workforce development. Here is the article.

KNPB Video – ARTEFFECTS provided a great piece on Reno-Sparks merging the artistry of children and the marketing of the community on their taxis.

Help!!  Taxi-Tops are still available! 

We need your help to clean up our taxi-tops so please consider adding taxi-top advertising to your marketing plan now and in the years ahead. We have 25 taxi-tops available and if we cannot keep the taxi-tops filled with family friendly messages, they will revert to those that are less reflective of the “new” Reno-Sparks. Just $1,000 for the entire year! Contact Tamera Pitts at 775.829.3700 or email

The EPIC Report with Actual Numbers updated.

Now over two years into the five year EPIC report projections of over 52,400 new jobs, we are still on track as Tesla, Panasonic and Switch start to ramp up their hiring efforts. Here are the Actual Numbers Graphs.

Population Health to Accelerate Our Economic Diversification 

A Renown-DRI team from Reno-Sparks have been asked to speak at the BIO International Convention to be held in San Diego on a pioneering approach to population health and data-driven health science solutions. Here is the RGJ Article.

Prior EDAWN articles, published in the RGJ, are stored on our website.

Here is the link to the library.

Business Development

The Business Development team had a very busy month assisting five companies to relocate to the Greater Reno-Sparks area in May.

600 new jobs were added to the region. Average wages ranged from $20.27/hr. to $42.84/hr.
–        Elemental LED, Lighting Manufacturing, 100 jobs, Reno
–        Financial West Group, Financial Services, 100 jobs, Reno
–        Confidential, Mineral Processing Manufacturing, 202 jobs, Reno
–        Confidential, Automotive-Related Manufacturing, 75 jobs, Reno
–        Confidential, Microelectronics Manufacturing, 120 jobs, McCarran
24 new leads and projects were added to the pipeline in the month of May.
Stan Thomas and Chris Ault, Jr. hosted 7 companies in the month of May.

Major Investor Of The Week

OnTrac is the first in overnight delivery in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado and Idaho. From Reno, OnTrac is overnight to 7 Western states.

EDAWN Events

“Save the Date” for the Sixth Annual EDAWN Existing Industry Awards, Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

This is a great opportunity to highlight and recognize the accomplishments of the many great primary employers in the region. Nominations open on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.  Nominate your company, client or a company you know that may have flown below the radar. Now is the time to become more visible as an employer in the region and be recognized for your many contributions.  Award categories and general criteria are posted on the EDAWN website here.

Please click here to view a list of EDAWN’s 2017 events

For more information, please contact Sheila Imsdahl or call 775.829.3704.

For a calendar of additional 2017 EDAWN entrepreneurial events, please visit Startup Digest Reno.

For more information, please contact Shyla Pheasant or call 775.829.3702.